The Itinerant Poetry Library

Since May 2006, The Itinerant Poetry Librarian has been travelling the world with a library of ‘Lost & Forgotten’ poetry, installing the library & librarian and archiving the sounds, poems and poetry of the cities, peoples and countries she meets. Welcome to the project's blog . . . Our Itinerant Poetry Librarian lives wherever her library is - come join the cause!

FAQs: • Yes we carry our entire life and the library with us as we go • Yes, it is quite heavy • No, we're not mad. As Charles Simic said, 'But what if poets are not crazy?' That's the spirit boyo!

We exist to: remind people of the importance of free public libraries...subvert mainstream channels of distribution...remind people that access to knowledge should be free and not dependent upon economic wealth hierarchies... show people that poetry/art can provide answers to questions we ask of life...experiment in existing outside of 'the market' – thereby, instead, investing in social capital, social innovation and community.

We aim to make life taste better. Word.

Where have we been . . . ?

(2006) Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Munich, Paris, Barcelona, London, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Norwich, York, Antwerp, (2007-2008) San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Leipzig, (2009) Ulm, Chemnitz, Rotterdam, Huntingdon, Callander, (2010) Cork, St. Andrews . . . Where'd you like us to go? Can you help? Get in touch!

What We Are Up To Right Now . . .


Monday, 14 August 2006

Just before we go. If we can figure out how to leave.

. . . as it is still raining, we are still in the radio tent, and just going to quickly upload some more audio before we head off site and realise that probably we are too late to get a ticket back to the UK to arrive er, oops, tomorrow, so perhaps we will end up staying in Amsterdam a little longer. Taking a wild guess I wonder if this happens a lot to people when they get here. Quite possibly. Right, we are going to brave the rain . . . have some Landjuweel festival sounds to see us off site:


It’s the Alpine horn woman who we saw at the poetry festival here back in June! AKA Her Divine Mistress of Craziness. Photograph by Herman Kolkman, who has more pictures on his site here

It’s the Banjo man, playing in the Groovy Movie tent at 4am on Sunday morning (August 13th)

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